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McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed October 27, 2016

We stayed at Ma Johnson's for 3 nights at the end of August this year. I would have to say the staff are excellent! I emailed the staff a few times before and after making reservations-and they were incredibly helpful and prompt with heir responses (even before we had booked). During our stay, again they were just very friendly. The... More 

Thank ajmaguire2016
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed October 5, 2016

The whole area of MaCarthy and Kennington is something very special.The only way to get there is over a footbridge after a 50 mile rise on a gravel road.There are no police or authorities there.Despite that you do not get a key to your room because there is no thieving you go to breakfast and there is no checking who... More 

Thank malcolmweiner
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

We stayed in the McCarthy/Kennecott area to walk on the glaciers and take a flight seeing trip. The hotel was very comfortable, the rooms are a little small but this is not a problem. Although the room didn't have powerpoint's we were able to get an extension cord from the staff and this was very workable. In planning our trip... More 

Thank Bill G
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2016

We decided we had to visit McCarthy after watching the Edge of Alaska reality(?) TV series. Of course we drove in on the infamous McCarthy road. They had three inches of rain that day. That was an adventure of its own but, apart from the weather obstructing the views, was uneventful. after crossing the footbridge (in pouring rain) we took... More 

Thank Aussieidler
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2016

Spent four nights here and everything was perfect. The owner even woke us up the first night we were there at midnight so we could view the Northern Lights. Breakfast was first class as was the service and food/drink in the Golden Saloon. This is the place to stay in McCarthy.

Thank Ripig79
Winston Salem
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5 reviews
Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

One of a kind, out of the way place. Back to the way life used to be. No electricity in the room. No room key or locks. Charge your phones in the lobby with everyone else's all night and it remains untouched. A refreshing change.

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Topanga, California
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Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Perhaps our family's favorite discovery yet! McCarthy is a true adventure destination, and Ma Johnson's was the perfect time artifact at the end of the road, so to speak. Or more like a cherry on an already awesome slice of Alaskan cake. My husband and 12 yr old daughter and I took the bumpy road in from the west-- what... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 reviews
Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Despite the mud in the street outside the interior was clean and welcoming. The room was as basic as expected but quite comfortable. We worried about sharing bathrooms but there were plenty of bathrooms to go around and they always seemed to be freshly cleaned. We enjoyed spending some time in the sitting room where we could also charge our... More 

Thank Itchyfoot17
Valdez, Alaska
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Not many extras! Nice cozy traditional (old school) hotel. Small but comfortable! Will be staying again, I am sure! Beautiful hotel and wonderful atmosphere. I could easily imagine I was travelling at the turn of the century and staying at a nice, dry, luxurious hotel and not sleeping in my wagon!

Thank jlkompkoff1988
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

I had a really good time here. Firstly it should be remembered that these are old buildings. So the rooms are simple and small but that is part of the charm and what you sign up for e.g. Shared bathroom, no power sockets in room...or wifi (how did we ever survive before these necessaries?!) It is good to get away... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Beautiful Scenery, Fine Cuisine, and True Alaskan History all rolled into one – Perfect for a weekend gateway!Our accommodations and restaurants are in the very center of the largest protected wilderness on earth. McCarthy is surrounded by more mountains and glaciers than anywhere else in Alaska! Experience the unexpected; unique tasting menus with casual style at McCarthy Lodge. The Golden Saloon offers a hearty menu of family favorites. Our greenhouses provide fresh produce for our restaurants, our Copper River Red Salmon is wild-caught by locals. Best of all, the fully restored Ma Johnson’s Hotel is the only authentic historic hotel in the park. Spend a few minutes in the Golden Saloon and make friends instantly. ... more   less 

Additional Information about McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel

Address: 101 Kennicott Avenue, P.O. Box MXY, McCarthy, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK 99588
Location: United States > Alaska > Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve > McCarthy
Price Range: $110 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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“Not all rooms have a sink”
 of 5 bubbles ajmaguire2016, Oct 27, 2016 | Read review
“Rooms with two beds may be larger”
 of 5 bubbles Aussieidler, Sep 25, 2016 | Read review
“Make reservations before traveling as lodging is limited”
 of 5 bubbles JanPC, Aug 16, 2016 | Read review
“Request a first floor room if you have a problem with stairs.”
 of 5 bubbles ETal, Aug 13, 2016 | Read review
“Away from the street”
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 of 5 bubbles Ruchei, Jul 28, 2016 | Read review
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